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Early Childhood

The foundation for a thriving future is built in early childhood, with 90% of brain development occurring between birth and five years old. Ensuring young children have access to equitable and culturally sensitive care leads to opportunities for success as kids, teens and young adults.

| Our Goal

All children develop the social-emotional and cognitive skills to thrive and be successful.

| Our Approach

With decades of experience, ACF has built relationships with the region’s most effective program and service leaders. Together, we have expanded, strengthened and innovated the early childhood system in the Aspen to Parachute region. With the support of hundreds of donors, nearly $5.9 million has been invested to support young children and their families.

| Our Actions

We use our understanding of and relationships within the community to:

  • Strengthen the skills of adult caregivers
  • Provide financial assistance to increase access to quality care
  • ¬†Expand childcare capacity
  • Advocate for sustainable funding for early care and education across the region

| Our Progress

Supported the increase of quality of family, friends, and neighbor care

Engaged business leaders to advocate for early childhood education policies

Filled identified gaps in service and data collection  through collaborative projects

Increased preschool participation for four-year-olds

Increased the number and quality of licensed home care providers in Garfield County

Influenced state legislation to create special taxing districts for early childhood education and care

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